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Manufacturing Company Announces Expansion Plans – Brevard NC


January 23, 2017

Automated Tool & Machine, an advanced manufacturing company located in Transylvania County, has announced plans to acquire, relocate and transform an existing roughly 50,000-square-foot industrial building located on the Old Rosman Highway.

“Our company is extremely excited to announce our purchase and expansion into the Blue Ridge Dynamics building, owner Duane Aiken said in a press release. “This development allows our company to increase investment, add several new jobs and creates the opportunity to add new service capabilities to our growing company.”

Automated Tool & Machine was founded in 2002 and incorporated in 2007 as part of Transylvania County’s existing network of more than 30 industrial companies that collectively represent 574 employees.

Automated Tool & Machine manufacturers custom tooling and automation equipment. The machines developed by the company integrate the latest computer and industrial designs and are ultimately installed in final assembly operations across the country.

Among others, customers include General Electric, Borg Warner, Continental Corp., Wix Filtration, Kyocera, Siemens Energy and NASA, indirectly.

The company is staffed by experienced, highly skilled, metal fabrication and industrial design professionals with expertise in Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) systems, welding and metal working.

During its formative years, the company operated in a leased building on U.S. 64 in Pisgah Forest.

In 2009, the company bought and remodeled its current facility on Greenville Highway.

The company added custom lighting and enough office space to accommodate new industrial design work.

Automated Tool and Machine reached capacity in its existing facility last year after growing to more than 12 full- and part-time staff. Once the company has transitioned to its new facility the owner plans to lease the current space.

Before deciding to expand in Rosman, Automated Tool & Machine evaluated numerous sites and buildings. The company gravitated to the Blue Ridge Dynamics building late in the process.

Purpose built for woodworking, as the former Peter Vitalie facility, the building will gain new life as a metal fabrication, office and warehouse building.

After the company’s relocation, Automated Tool & Machine will renovate the facility, using half for its own use and offering a portion for lease to other light industrial business or warehouse users.

“Our primary organizational priority is focused on protecting, encouraging and growing Transylvania County businesses,” said Mark Tooley, chairman of the Transylvania Economic Alliance. “It is these existing companies who have already made the decision to invest in our community, employ local people, and we want to be actively engaged and supportive of these efforts.

“This project reflects the success of that mission, and we congratulate and thank Automated Tool & Machine.”

Commission Chairman Larry Chapman praised the news that a formerly used building was being brought back into “active service,” while Rosman Mayor Brian Shelton welcomed the business to town and looked forward to “building a great relationship.”


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